This book gives a comprehensive yet easily accessible introduction
to risk and uncertainty as they have been analysed in sociology and
related social sciences. The book draws extensively on the wide
array of contemporary social theories of risk and relates these to
the many and diverse areas in contemporary society where risk plays
an important role. It will be an invaluable for both students and
researchers interested in risk in relation to politics, the
environment, health, media, science and technology and finance.
Written in a clear and accessible language, the book gives a
balanced account of the many theoretical approaches taken to the
diverse phenomenon of risk, using concrete examples to illustrate
abstract points. The book highlights some key themes such as
uncertainty and individual responsibility which emerge as common to
different theories and fields of study. The book is perfectly
suited as an introduction for new students in sociology, political
science, anthropology, media studies and health studies.